Sterne and Fisher share 54-hole lead at Joburg Open, five shots ahead of third

Richard Sterne at the Joburg Open
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Richard Sterne sank his birdie putt on No. 18 Saturday to retain his share of the lead at the Joburg Open.
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Series: European Tour

Published: Saturday, February 09, 2013 | 12:03 p.m.

JOHANNESBURG -- South Africans Richard Sterne and Trevor Fisher Jr. each shot a 4-under 68 Saturday to move five shots ahead of the field at the Joburg Open.

Both birdied the final hole of the European Tour event for a 19-under total of 196 at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.

Felipe Aguilar (68), Jaco van Zyl (67) and George Coetzee (70) and two-time tournament winner Charl Schwartzel (68) trail at 14 under.

Sterne and Fisher exchanged the lead on several occasions during the round, setting up an intriguing final day.

"A bit of nerves set in there," Fisher said. "You try not to think about the lead, but it's there in front of you. I was a bit jumpy with the swing and wasn't waiting at the top, so I hit a few bad shots there. But I came back nicely with a few birdies." 

Sterne had birdies at Nos. 6 and 7 before Fisher went to the turn with three straight birdies.

On the back nine, Fisher recorded consecutive bogeys and Sterne birdied the 11th before Fisher drew even again. Both players dropped shots at No. 15 before finishing with birdies on the par-5 18th.

Schwartzel moved up the leaderboard with a bogey-free round that included four birdies.